Neshoba is a young, growing congregation founded in 1992, offering a variety of activities and an extensive adult education program. We're on the east side of greater Memphis and serve a diverse community of religious/spiritual seekers.
We believe in..... loving your neighbor, keeping an open mind, and making the world a better place.
About Welcoming Congregations
In the 1980s and 90s, when the word “welcoming” became a code word for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help us learn how to undo homophobia—and later, transphobia (prejudice against transgender people)—in our hearts and minds, our congregations, and our communities. Neshoba has been recognized by the UUA as an official Welcoming Congregation since 2002.
Today, most Unitarian Universalist congregations are recognized Welcoming Congregations. The spiritual practice of welcome is a very important one to our faith community. For us, being welcoming means striving for radical inclusion, and creating spaces that honor every part of our identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Our congregation is a diverse group of people with a variety of identities, each valued for their contribution to our community.
In addition to embracing those who come through our doors, we also support organizations that support the LGBTQ community in the Memphis area. We are a proud sponsor of both the MGLCC’s OutFlix film festival and the MidSouth Pride Festival & Parade each year.
About Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition dedicated to a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning". We believe no religion has a monopoly on truth, and we seek wisdom from a variety of religious and secular sources. Our congregation includes liberal Christians, (neo)Pagans, and Buddhists, as well as humanists, agnostics, and atheists. We are a non-creedal, non-authoritarian tradition united by a commitment to social justice, a shared search for spiritual growth, and especially by our shared values, as articulated by our 7 Principles:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We believe we all have something to teach, and we all have something to learn. For more information about Unitarian Universalism, please visit:
- Frequently Asked Questions about Unitarian Universalism -- from the UUA.
- 100 Questions that Non-members Ask About Unitarian Universalism -- from the UU Church of Nashua.